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    Q&A with Richard Norton Smith

    Richard Norton Smith talked about his book, On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller, in which he chronicles the life and legacy of America’s 41st Vice President. Mr. Smith talked about Vice President Rockefeller’s early years, his first marriage, his children, his waxing and waning influence on the Republican Party over the years, and his time and efforts as governor of New York State. He also talks about Vice President Rockefeller’s second marriage to Happy Rockefeller, the murky circumstances around his death, and his legacy. Vice President Rockefeller was nominated by Gerald Ford in August 1974 and approved by Congress in December of that year.

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    Q&A with Bob Timberg

    Bob Timberg talked about his book, Blue Eyed Boy, in which he recounts his experiences in Vietnam and subsequent career in journalism. In 1967, Mr. Timberg was a Marine just 13 days away from coming home from Vietnam when his vehicle struck a North Vietnamese landmine and his life changed forever. He suffered third degree burns over much of his face and body. In the interview, he talks about the impact of the experience on his life, the 35 surgeries he had, his thoughts on the war, and how he physically and emotionally rebuilt himself and his career following this accident.

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    Newsmakers with Ty Matsdorf

    Ty Matsdorf talked about the Senate Majority PAC’s (political action committee) efforts to protect the Democratic majority in the Senate. The PAC, which is close to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), had already spent over $35 million on the 2014 midterm elections. Mr. Matsdorf talked about the midterm elections, PACs, and how the Senate Majority PAC was spending its money. After the interview the reporters discussed his responses with the host.

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    U.S. Foreign Policy and International Conflicts

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell discussed foreign policy and the U.S. approach to handling the situation in Iraq and Syria. He also commented on the use of the military in Western Africa to help contain the Ebola virus. Former Secretary Powell was interviewed by former Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman and responded to questions submitted by members of the audience. At the conclusion of the program General Powell was presented with an award from the World Affairs Council - Washington, DC (WAC-DC).

    “America Confronts a World in Crisis” was a Sisco Forum Luncheon held at the Army and Navy Club by the American Academy of Diplomacy and the WAC-DC.

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    Q&A with Johnnetta Cole

    Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, talked about the museum as it marked its fiftieth anniversary. She also spoke about her career as an educator and administrator, as president of both Spelman and Bennett colleges, as well as race relations and her opposition to the Vietnam War.

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    Q&A with Sally Quinn

    Sally Quinn talked about her life and career. She spoke about the “OnFaith” blog, which she helped originate at the Washington Post and is now owned by online venture, FaithStreet. She also discussed her views on the role of religion in society and the world, and the health of her husband, former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee.

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    America's Promise Summit Declaration Signing Ceremony

    President Obama was joined by former Secretary of State Colin Powell and his wife Alma Powell in the Oval Office as he signed America’s Promise Summit Declaration in support of America’s youth. The president also expressed support for the Secret Service, following an unprecedented White House security breach over the preceding weekend.

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    Q&A with Jenny Beth Martin

    Jenny Beth Martin talked about her book, Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution, on her role in founding the tea party movement and the grassroots level work it was accomplishing around the country. She discussed the idea behind founding the organization, its immediate impact, the issues the movement stands for, and and challenges from other wings of the Republican Party. She also talked about her personal life, including having to file for bankruptcy as she became involved with the tea party movement.

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    Newsmakers with Representative Bob Goodlatte

    House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) talked about various issues in the news. He discussed immigration and border security; Attorney General Holder’s program to reduce mistrust among law enforcement and citizens following events in Ferguson, Missouri; a Republican lawsuit against President Obama; a House vote authorizing the president to arm Syrian rebels; and issues before the Judiciary Committee.

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    Ken Burns on The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

    Ken Burns spoke at a National Press Club luncheon about his documentary series, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, in which he chronicles the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt. In his speech he listed many of the ways their legacies continue to reach into contemporary American life. He said that the central questions of both Roosevelt presidencies, namely the role of government, “is the central question of our time.” Following his prepared remarks, he responded to audience members' written questions.